Buildings, Mobility & Transportation

Tianjin West Railway Station

© Christian Gahl

The newly constructed west train station connects the north and south parts of the city Tianjin. A cylindrical shell, consisting of a diamond-shaped machined beam system, creates the almost 400 m long barrel-shaped roof. The shell is self-supporting and joined to the concrete structure along its edges using bending resistant connections. The facade is carried by a joist system in-between the diamond shapes. The front side was enclosed using a radial truss facade. The connection between the front side and the shell was designed so that only horizontal loads can be transferred in the direction of the shell. A lightweight, far-spanning truss structure spans the associated train station roofs.

Location
Tianjin, China
Architect
gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Owner
TSDI (Third Railway Survey Design Institute)
Partner
Sven Plieninger
Features
Free-form

Technical Data

Cylindrical shell
width 114 m
length 344 m
height
Material
steel
GFA
179,000 m²

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